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October 25, 2011

Domestic Violence Update and Continued Call to Action

by Kelly Young

You may recall back in July we reported that the Domestic Violence Network (DVN) called on the community to help raise $30,000 for Emergency Shelter Fund – a fund that provides hotel and motel rooms for domestic violence victims. We wanted to share that DVN exceeded that goal!

Donations received include $30,000 from United Way of Central Indiana, $10,000 from Women's Fund of Central Indiana, $5,000 from The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate, $1,200 from The Morgan Family Charitable Fund, a fund of CICF and additional donations from individual donors. In a two week period, The Salvation Army Social Service Center utilized Emergency Shelter Fund resources to provide 67 nights of shelter to 24 women and 54 children. Click here for complete story.

While I’m glad to know our community quickly and generously stepped up to satisfy this emergency need, I can’t help but think this was only a temporary solution. Shelter space shortage will continue until our community can truly reverse the epidemic of domestic violence. And, we have to keep in mind that violence hurts more than the person who experiences it; it hurts the whole community.

I’m still startled to hear statistics like this one: From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, 3,459 adults and 3,252 children were served in Indiana domestic violence emergency shelters.

It’s a stat like that that makes me want to take action. When I asked around, I discovered several simple ways to help:

  1. Volunteer at a local domestic violence shelter or other organization that helps survivors or works to prevent violence.
  2. Lead by example. Work to create a culture that rejects violence as a way to deal with problems. Speak up against messages that say violence or mistreating women is okay.
  3. Raise children to respect others. Teach children to treat others as they would like to be treated. This is a big one for me as I have two young children who I want to raise right – and who I want to see treated right.
  4. Volunteer for youth programs. Become a mentor. Get involved in programs that teach young people to solve problems without violence.

What will you do to help end domestic violence?

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